Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid

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#14 of 92 in Museums in Madrid
A working royal monastery set in the former palace of King Charles I and Isabel of Portugal, Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales was founded by the royal couple’s daughter in 1559. Luxuriously decorated and filled with high-value objects, the monastery can only be seen via a guided tour. This grandeur was funded by the dowries of the widow and spinster noblewomen that came to the convent in the 16th and 17th centuries. Admire the masterpiece paintings, huge tapestries, ornate alters, grand sculptures, and significant religious relics. Book in advance as tours have limited capacity. Plan to visit Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales during your Madrid vacation using our convenient Madrid trip builder.
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  • I passed by this monastery from Puerto Del Sol to Grand Via. It was closed so we could only take some photos of the place.  more »
  • A very genuine attraction giving a realistic glimpse of high level Spanish monasterial life for fortunate ladies 400-500 years ago. Still active institution . Only too bad that no English speaking...  more »
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  • The art and tapestries here were extraordinary. The sheer amount of Renaissance art here is unbelievable. Even though the hours and tour are limited, I would recommend this place if you are in Madrid.
  • They only provide guided tours in French and Spanish but no English. The place is worth visiting but we learn just a little because of the language barrier. It was a pity.
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